TORONTO - It was, perhaps, an example of the difference between theory and reality.
The Yankees made what Joe Girardi called an "organizational decision" to travel Monday afternoon to Toronto after Sunday night's game in Boston.
Clubs usually depart immediately after a Sunday night game, which MLB prefers, and generally arrive in the next city anywhere from 3:30-5 a.m.
Consultation with sleep experts brought Monday's itinerary, which called for an 11:30 a.m. flight -- one that ended up taking off about an hour late -- from Boston to Toronto. The usual flight time is about 1 hour, 45 minutes.
The theory: Players would get better rest by spending the night in Boston rather than arriving at an odd early-morning hour in a different city and sleeping until noon or later.
"I'll see how it works," Girardi said before Monday night's game. "I think the idea behind it is good. It's new for our guys, so we'll see what they say.''
But according to one insider, because of adrenaline, few players, if any, are able to fall asleep right after getting back to the hotel at, say, 1 or 1:30 a.m. after a Sunday night game. In other words, many of them didn't fall asleep until 3:30 or 4 a.m., or later, anyway. "You could say," one team member said, "a lot of [players] are dragging."